The 2013 edition of the Auckland On Water Boat Show saw millions of dollars’ worth of sail and motor yachts, trailer powerboats, dinghies, rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), marine engines and outboards, sails and the worlds leading marine entertainment on display over the 26th to the 29th of September.
With over 90 vessels on the water, easily accessible via a purpose-built marina beside Auckland’s Viaduct harbour and dozens more in and around the Viaduct Events Centre, FUSION was amongst another 180 exhibitors featuring the best and the newest marine products for New Zealand boaties of all persuasions.
Peter Busfield, executive director of the New Zealand Marine Industry Association (NZ Marine) which owns and runs the Auckland On Water Boat Show, says: "We’ve been spoilt for choice at this year’s event with both sail and motor boats over 10 metres in size well represented by models from around the world and close to home."
Being a New Zealand based business, FUSION was not only the most popular entertainment manufacturer on display inside the convention centre, but overwhelmingly popular with the local boat builders whom showcased at the event.
Glenn Orr, General Manager of FUSION New Zealand says, “We are truly humbled by the support from the New Zealand market, this is our home town and to see so much support for our products is testament to the True-Marine philosophy we have adopted from our owner Sir Peter Maire and we have no intention of slowing down our innovation.”
Not only was FUSION showcased strongly by the New Zealand boat builders on display, but within the large contingent of international brands including Jeanneau, Prestige motor yachts, Hanse, Mastercraft, Beneteau and many more.
“When you walk out onto the water and you see the most prestigious brands in the world associating themselves with FUSION, you know you’re on the right track” says, Glenn Orr.
Another special feature of this year’s event included thousands of visitors writing messages about how proud they are of Emirates Team New Zealand, despite not achieving their ultimate goal of winning the America’s Cup, in a book being created for the team on the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron site beside the Louis Vuitton Cup. After the show, the book will go to the RNZYS headquarters at 101 Curran Street, Westhaven where members of the public are welcome to visit and add their own messages.
Special events included two classes of powerboat – thundercats and junior powerboats – which ran a series of demonstration races on a course to the west of the Viaduct Events Centre, north of North Wharf. After the powerboat races, in Viaduct Harbour, we saw a series of stand-up paddleboard races.
Auckland On Water Boat Show CEO Michelle Khan says: “Designed to showcase the competitive, sporting side of boating, we’re delighted the NZ Powerboat Federation and a number of their racing competitors made the most of the opportunity to bring their sport to the central city for us all to enjoy”.